Stand By Me (1986) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Stand By Me (1986) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s been a while but rewatching Stand By Me there was one thing that struck me now more than ever – River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell , Will Wheaton and Corey Feldman genuinely couldn’t not have given better performances.   They ARE their roles and it’s not surprising that arguable at least three of the cast have never really bettered their work here.  The film is still fantastic and remains one of King’s best adaptions, showing once again that his short stories are often ‘easier’ to adapt than his weightier tomes.   In 2019 Stand By Me still remains and essential watch.

Best Bit: The Junk yard

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Shawshank Redemption, IT (2017), Mystery 

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IT: Chapter 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

IT: Chapter 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Two years after the highly regarded IT blew away cinematic records, IT: Chapter 2 arrives in cinema.  So was IT worth the wait? Well yes.. mostly.  Okay so IT isn’t as effective, scary or well paced at the 2017 film but you almost forgive all it’s issues due to the spot on cast who help bring the older characters to life so brilliantly.  Okay so there’s too many flashbacks, the CGI just doesn’t work, the story isn’t as engaging and the ending still has all the issues of the source material but IT: Chapter 2 still delivers plenty of jumps, scares and thrills.  Not essential but still a worthy watch.

Best Bit: Dinner

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: IT (2017), IT: The Mini-Series, Stand By Me

 


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IT Week: IT (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

IT Week: IT (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Damn IT was scary.  Genuinely scary.  But those scares ONLY work because you believe & care for the Losers Club who are some of the most expertly drawn and directed characters I’ve seen on screen this year.  IT is a top notch King adaptation  (certainly Top 5 worthy) and an even better horror, leaving you crying out for the sequel which, sadly, is a few years off yet.  If you like King, horror or just scary clowns then IT is for you.

Best Bit: The losers are perfect

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me, The Goonies, IT (The Mini Series)

 


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9:  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 80’s did coming of age better than any other decade.  From Stand By Me to The Breakfast Club, it was wall to wall classics.  And none were better than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , a film filled with wall to wall memorable scenes, quotable lines and iconic characters.  Oh and THAT Ferrari!  Yup if you are looking for a film that typifies the spirit of 80’s filmmaking this is it… and you know what whether it’s being referenced in Spiderman or Deadpool or just in almost every cool TV show (Goldergs, Simpsons, Family Guy… the list goes on) it’s legacy endures from generation to generation.

Best Bit: Twist & Shout, The Beatles and that float

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10: The Goonies (1985) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

10: The Goonies (1985) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Goonies is a nailed on classic.  Richard Donner & Steven Spielberg come together to deliver an uplifting tale of adventure, pirates, criminals, murder and missing octopuses.  An iconic cast, a film full of action and adventures… every kid wanted to be a member of the Goonies after watching this film. Hell I still do.  A sequel is often muted but, thankfully, has yet to materialise because this really was a one off.

Best Bit: Hey You Guys!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Gremlins, Stand By Me, Super 8

 

 

 

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Lady Bird – A Quick Capsule Review

Lady Bird – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Lady Bird is a surprise.  Arriving on the back of a near perfect Rotten Tomatoes score and a bundle of great reviews, it’s fair to say this usually isn’t my kinda of film.  What a surprise then that Lady Bird is a total joy to watch – an authentic, honest and at times heart breaking coming of age story which leaves behind the schmaltz and instead delivers likeable, real characters doing the things real teenagers do.  Is it a near 100% worthy film… maybe not but it’s a bloody good one regardless.

Best Bit: Saoirse Ronan is superb

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me, The Breakfast Club, Boyhood

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The Dark Tower – A Quick Capsule Review

The Dark Tower – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Dark Tower took a critical drubbing on it’s release – despite it’s literary pedigree and stellar cast – it didn’t land well.  It also came out within weeks of the vastly super adaptation of King’s IT.  Thing is it’s NOT as bad as you have been led to believe.  Yup it’s not great for sure but it’s also not boring, quickly paced and doesn’t outlive it’s welcome for the most part.  It does have issues – it’s a film put together in the edit suit that at times feels partly finished (the ADR for example is terrible).  But there are worse (and much better) films out this year and this probably shouldn’t trouble anyone’s best or worst list.

Best Bit: Idris Elba is good

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: IT (2017), The Stand, Stand By Me

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations (Updated)

Phil’s Top 5… Stephen King Adaptations (Updated)

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Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:

 

Close but no cigar: The Running Man, The Stand, IT, Christine, Apt Pupil, Carrie

 

5 (Tied) – IT (2017)

It may not be a popular choice, joining Carrie for the Number 5 spot but IT (2017) was a damn affective adaptation and a scary film to boot.  A great cast, expert pacing and with enough scary moments to satisfy everyone.

5 (Tied) – Carrie
Carrie in an affective horror film, expertly directed by DePlama and well acted.  It’s also aged well also.

 

4 – Misery

Oscar wining for Kathy Bates, Misery showed that King’s lower key novels tended to be the ones that worked best on screen.  Couple those factors with THAT performance and you had a winner

 

3 – The Shining

One of the scariest horror films ever made, Nicolson and Kubrick made a film that King hated so much he (badly) remade it.  It may not be King’s idea of a good adaptation but it stands as one of the best. Still scary!

 

2 – Stand By Me

A short story adaptation of a novella called The Body, Stand By Me ended up being one of the best coming of age movies in the decade that defined coming of age movies.  It also launched numerous careers and holds up well today.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption

The best film of the 90’s?  Pretty much. Epic.

 

 

IT (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

IT (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Damn IT was scary.  Genuinely scary.  But those scares ONLY work because you believe & care for the Losers Club who are some of the most expertly drawn and directed characters I’ve seen on screen this year.  IT is a top notch King adaptation  (certainly Top 5 worthy) and an even better horror, leaving you crying out for the sequel which, sadly, is a few years off yet.  If you like King, horror or just scary clowns then IT is for you.

Best Bit: The losers are perfect

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me, The Goonies, IT (The Mini Series)

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shawshank Redemption is hands down one of the best films of the modern film era and for sure one of the top 10 films ever made.  From it’s expert performances, sublime direction and a tight character led script, this is the benchmark in novella adaptations and without doubt the strongest adaptation of a Stephen King films to date.  Tim Robbins delivers one of the most sublime performances of his career and Morgan Freeman cements himself as having the best voice in Hollywood. It’s just simply amazing.  What’s even better is the story behind it: a commercial flop, the film become the ultimate cult hit.  This is what a 10/10 looks like.  A worthy addition to the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Hall of Fame.

Best Bit: The record playing

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Stand By Me,  The Green Mile, The Shining

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Author: Phil Hobden